La Salle guard Pookie Powell named Big 5 Player of the Week

La Salle guard Pookie Powell named Big 5 Player of the Week

La Salle sophomore Pookie Powell was named Big 5 Player of the Week for his efforts in the Explorers' pair of wins last week over Saint Louis and Duquesne.

Powell, averaging 13.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists for the season, had 13 points, eight assists and four steals in the win over Saint Louis. He followed it up with 16 points, six boards, five assists and an 8 for 8 night from the free throw line against Duquesne.

The back-to-back wins made La Salle 8-5, 2-1 in the Atlantic 10. A game at Rhode Island Thursday and back home vs. George Washington on Sunday await.

St. Joe's Edwards out for season
Saint Joseph's freshman forward Lorenzo Edwards will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery later this week, the school announced Monday.

Edwards has played in just one game this season, Nov. 14 vs. Columbia, but has dealt with shoulder instability all year.

"We're most concerned right now that Lorenzo can get healthy and then we'll move towards developing his game," Hawks head coach Phil Martelli said in a statement.
"This injury has been ongoing since the summer so we’ve not been able to get an accurate evaluation of his basketball skills. All of us will lend our support during his rehabilitation and we look forward to seeing him back on the court."

St. Joe's has now lost three players to season-ending injuries: leading scorer Shavar Newkirk, sophomore Pierfranceso Oliva and Edwards.

Doug Overton pleads guilty to disorderly conduct in indecent exposure case

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Doug Overton pleads guilty to disorderly conduct in indecent exposure case

Former 76er and La Salle basketball star Doug Overton pleaded guilty to three counts of disorderly conduct Wednesday, stemming from an April 30 incident on the Cynwyd Heritage Trail.

Overton, 47, was arrested for exposing himself to both men and women while on the trail in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, on April 30, per the police.

Overton, the head basketball coach at Divison II Lincoln University, was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to participate in a psycho-sexual evaluation.

As part of a plea deal, three counts of indecent exposure were dropped. 

“He admitted on the record that his behavior was offensive and obscene, it was obscene behavior and that other people that were there in the park that day enjoying a public area with their families, that they observed that and it was offensive and obscene to them,” Assistant District Attorney Brianna Ringwood told the Main Line Times. “He admitted to engaging in behavior that was obscene and offensive.”

The Big 5 Hall of Famer played 11 NBA seasons, including parts of three with the Sixers. 

Former La Salle great Donnie Carr returns to alma mater as assistant coach

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Former La Salle great Donnie Carr returns to alma mater as assistant coach

A former La Salle great and Big 5 Hall of Famer is being added to the Explorers' coaching staff.

Head coach John Giannini on Tuesday announced that Donnie Carr would be returning to the program as an assistant coach. Carr, who played four seasons at La Salle from 1996-2000, is one of just six players in program history with over 2,000 career points. 

"Donnie is a La Salle and Big 5 Hall of Famer who has paid his dues in coaching while getting valuable experience and making great contacts," Giannini said in a statement. "He has assisted at the small college level, the Division I level and the highest level of AAU competition. Our relationship has grown over the years and he is the perfect person for our staff at this time. Whether it is in mentoring, skill development or recruiting, he will make our players and program better."

After racking up over 1,000 points in his career at Roman Catholic High School, Carr moved a few miles north up Broad Street and continued to fill it up on Olney Avenue. In four seasons with the Explorers, Carr compiled 2,067 total points and career average of 19.7 points per game.

In addition to being named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year in his first season as an Explorer, Carr landed on first team All-Big 5 in each of his four collegiate seasons. 

"Since March 8, 2000, when I played my last game at La Salle in the A-10 Tournament, I have always dreamed of one day getting an opportunity to coach at my alma mater," Carr said. "This is a dream come true, and I'm ready to hit the ground running for our program."

Injuries cut short Carr's professional playing career overseas, which included stops in Turkey and France.

His prior coaching resume includes different stops as an assistant coach at Holy Family University, The Haverford School and Roman Catholic, as well as a two-year stint at Hartford as a coordinator for player devolopment. Carr had recently been named the head basketball coach at Girard College before coming aboard as an assistant coach at La Salle. 

"I'm blessed, honored and thankful for the opportunity that Coach Giannini has entrusted me with," Carr said. "I have always supported Coach Giannini and have the utmost respect and admiration for him. To be given an opportunity to learn from him and the other coaches on the staff is priceless."